Initially, I had planned a romantic anniversary weekend in Venice but, unfortunately, Dan told me he just couldn’t take any time off during this busy work period…there may have even been a Skype argument over this very topic. However, I decided if he couldn’t come to Europe then I would, of course, go to Abu Dhabi to celebrate our 8th anniversary together.
With this new plan in mind, I reminded Dan on multiple occasions that the traditional anniversary gift for year no. 8 is bronze or, alternatively, pottery. Day of, I received a call from my office reception that I had some ‘blumen’ waiting for me. A beautiful bouquet of flowers for my desk. I flew the next evening arriving in the early morning hours on July 27th. Dan had baked some ‘many seed bread’ and prepared some fresh beet juice for breaky. We popped over to Marina Mall, had some leftover gumbo for lunch, and grabbed the required ingredients for our community cookbook salad that evening. We had invited over some friends for dinner and a Cards Against Humanity game night. We even shared our aged Wedding Wine with our honoured guests.
The next morning, we were off to officially celebrate our 8th year of wedded bliss. I had been wanting to stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort the moment I heard about it but it is one of those places you stay at only on special occasions. Thinking that our time may be limited, this was likely one of our last chances, and we also got a good summer rate. So, we set out on the highway around 10:00 am to make the 3.5 hour drive to the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. We arrived just after lunch time and got checked in to our pool villa and enjoyed a cup of coffee along with an anniversary cake the hotel had arranged in our room. We enjoyed the afternoon relaxing by the pool and walking along the beach. To be honest, the weather was as hot as you would expect for summer in the Middle East but I was truly enjoying every minute.
We grabbed a bottle of wine from our in-room wine fridge and had a few glasses before heading out for dinner at the Summer House where we enjoyed the seafood grill and sea bass. After dinner, we grabbed a cocktail from Zighy Bar for happy hour and then exchanged our gifts. Interestingly enough, Dan went bronze, and I pottery. Dan had ordered a lovely set of bronze sculptures titled ‘Caress with Arm’ by Yenny Cocq Sculpture. I, on the other hand, went pottery and gave Dan a nice serving platter from Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM), a handcrafted porcelain manufacturer from Berlin, established by Frederick the Great, who have been in business for over 250 years.
The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast and some more pool and beach time before our late check out at 2:30 pm. We then made the drive back to Abu Dhabi along a different route Dan knew from some of his desert drives. That evening, we enjoyed some take out from our favourite sushi joint, Sushi Central, and we even served it on Dan’s new porcelain platter. The next morning, Dan dropped me off at the airport for my flight back to Berlin. One of our best anniversary’s yet!